Photos of the Galapagos Islands
Check out our latest Gallery photos taken whilst spending a spectacular week touring the Galapagos Islands on a live-a-board in 2007.
We traveled around a number of the Galapagos islands including Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Sante Maria on board the ‘Aida Maria’, out of Puerto Ayora.
We had the opportunity to experience both ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ landings onto the islands in an effort to see the amazingly barren landscape and surrounding seas of these rather remarkable islands.
Galapagos Island Wild LIfe
The water temperatures were cold, about 17-20 degrees C, so diving and snorkelling were limited unless you had a thick wet suit. But the friendly sea lions were abundant and welcoming to their world if you did brave the cold. One sea lion was very curious about Tony’s bright yellow fins and even tried to pull them off!
Tours of the islands are restricted to a certain number of operators to protect the overall numbers of visitors to the islands. Our land based Galapagos tour was memorable, as was the abundant Galapagos wild life which was generally completely un-fazed by numbers of tourists wandering through their habitat. From basking sea lions, to breeding blue booby birds and nesting baby albatross, it truly was a diving and naturalists dream holiday.
Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands
Puerto Ayora is a coastal town in central Galapagos, Ecuador. It is the main harbour for most of the boats leaving for the island tours. The town itself is a lovely friendly base, with boutique shops for souvenirs, cafes and small restaurants. Worth a definite visit is the Tortoise Rearing and Breeding Centre in the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see some of the amazing Giant Galapagos tortoises, and learn about Lonesome George, the infamous last of the Pinta Island tortoise species who died there in June 2012.
The Galapagos Islands are a must on anyone’s bucket list, and we can’t wait to return!
[Photos by Irene Isaacson]